OSF St. Paul Medical Center

A major employer in Starved Rock Country is requiring its employees to get vaccinated.

OSF HealthCare will require their nearly 24,000 employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination by the end of September. OSF COO Mike Cruz says they didn't take this decision lightly. He also says “As health care providers, it is our ethical obligation to be vigilant about the safety of our patients.”

An announcement from OSF further defends the vaccination requirement by saying the decision is consistent with existing OSF vaccination policies that require employees to get a flu shot every year and stay current with other vaccinations. OSF employees can request exemptions based on religious or medical reasons.

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